1. The Group acknowledges the hazardous nature of the work involved in participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program.
2. Volunteers in the Group agree to obey and abide by all laws and regulations relating to safety and such terms and conditions as may be required by the Department for special conditions that may exist on a particular adopted section.
3. Each volunteer shall have reviewed the safety training video before participation in any litter collection along an adopted section. The group coordinator or designee, shall review the safety rules with all volunteers before proceeding to the highway segment.
4. The Group shall provide one adult supervisor for every 5 youths when persons under the age of 18 are present on an adopted section.
5. All volunteers in the Group for the purpose of litter collection, shall be at least 10 years old.
6. The Group shall adopt a section of highway for a minimum of 2 years.
7. The Group shall collect litter along an adopted section for a minimum of 4 times a year.
8. The Group shall work only during daylight hours and in good weather.
9. Traffic signs shall be displayed at both ends of the highway segment before the Group begins collecting litter.
10. All volunteers shall wear safety vests.
11. Groups shall work on only one side of the road at a time. Groups must stay off the pavement surface and shoulders and always work facing traffic.
12. All vehicles shall be parked at the nearest cross street, if possible, or off the pavement on the right hand shoulder when parking on the highway. No parking is allowed along curves, on bridge decks, near or under overpasses, or in median areas. When the roadway has curb and gutter, permission to park on private property should be obtained.
13. For the protection of all volunteers, appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn. Loose fitting clothes that cover the arms and legs are recommended. Gloves and hard-soled shoes or work boots are required. Clothes that are revealing, such as swimsuits, tank tops, or spandex are very distracting to motorists and shall be prohibited.
14. The Group must provide an adequate supply of drinking water and a first aid kit for the volunteers during the pickup operation.
15. Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances while working is prohibited.
16. The Group should not touch large, heavy, or hazardous items found along the highway. These items should be reported to the Will County Division of Transporation.
17. The Group shall not pick up litter on medians, bridges, in tunnels, on overpasses or around structures that would pose a danger.
18. The Group shall place consolidated filled bags off the shoulder or behind the curb for pickup by the Will County Division of Transportation.
19. The Group may keep any recyclable materials. Valuables such as briefcases, suitcases, and wallets must be submitted to the Will County Division of Transportation to be returned to the owner or to the proper authorities.
20. Inappropriate behavior during the pickup may be cause for termination of the permit.
21. Planned pickup dates shall be scheduled with the Division a minimum of ten days in advance of the pickup.
The Will County Division of Transportation agrees to the following:
1.Erect a sign at each end of the adopted section with the name or acronym of the Group displayed. The Division reserves the right to refuse or revise acronyms of Group names when preparing signs.
2. Provide safety vests, trash bags, traffic safety signs, and a safety training video.
3. Remove the filled trash bags as soon as possible after notification by the Group.